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In this episode of AnimalZone viewers are taken on an insightful journey into WildCare's wildlife hospital. The episode features compelling stories of animal rehabilitation, including a raccoon undergoing X-rays and a young pigeon being rescued from entangled string around its foot. Trill, a screech owl with a unique tale of survival and resilience, captivates the audience despite suffering from brain damage and blindness. Trill's exceptional sense of hearing and endearing behaviors, such as "star gazing" and gentle hoots, redefine the expectations associated with her species.

Alison Hermance, the Director of Communications and Marketing at WildCare, leads viewers on a tour of the facility, delving into its history. What began as a natural history museum in the 1950s evolved into a wildlife hospital in 1974. WildCare's mission is to rehabilitate and release injured or orphaned wildlife, with minimal human interaction. The facility treats a diverse range of species, including squirrels, birds, and raccoons, totaling over 3,500 cases annually. The commitment to wildlife extends to more than 200 different species, emphasizing the organization's dedication to fostering a healthy and sustainable ecosystem.

The episode highlights specific cases, such as a young pigeon brought in by a concerned family due to its inability to fly, attributed to missing tail feathers. Additionally, a raccoon rescued from a garbage bin, though unlikely to have rabies, is treated for distemper during its stay at WildCare. The raccoon's diet includes a varied menu of fruit, fish, eggs, shellfish, and mice, ensuring its proper rehabilitation.

Dr. Ryan shares the touching history of Trill, who has become an integral part of WildCare's educational program. Despite her challenges, Trill enjoys moments of delight, especially during her favorite feasts of mealworms.

To learn more about WildCare and its impactful work, visit

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